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Congressman Lowenthal Named To House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today was named as a new member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) for the 115th Congress. “I am honored to represent not only my district and state, but all Americans as a new member on the T&I Committee,” Congressman Lowenthal said. “From bridges to airports, from ports to mass transit, our nation’s transportation infrastructure is the nervous system of a healthy economy.

Federal Analysis Downplays Fracking’s Threats to Public Land in California

Three years after a federal judge rebuked the Bureau of Land Management for ignoring the risks of hydraulic fracturing in California, the agency today issued a revised draft “environmental impact statement” that still fails to carefully evaluate fracking pollution's threats to public land along the state’s Central Coast.

Ruiz Appointed to Prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee

Representative Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) announced that he was appointed to the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee, an exclusive committee that deals with a wide range of that will be front and center in the coming months, including health care and energy policy. Dr. Ruiz will be the only Democratic physician on the committee

REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PUSH TO HOUSE HOMELESS VETERAN HEROES

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald announced a concentrated 30-day effort by VA staff and partners to house as many homeless Veterans in their communities as possible

Rep. Walters To Serve On Energy & Commerce Committee

Congresswoman Mimi Walters (California-45) released the following statement after being selected to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 115th Congress

Reps. Cook and Takano Introduce Bill To Ensure Fair Housing Benefit for Student Veterans

Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) and Rep. Mark Takano (D- California), introduced HR 245, the Veterans’ Education Equity Act. This bipartisan bill fixes a discrepancy in the way the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently determines Post-9/11 GI Bill housing payments for student veterans that prevents some veterans from receiving a fair housing payment.

Memo Shows Evidence of Illegal Foreclosure Practices At OneWest Bank While Steven Mnuchin Was...

A 2013 memo written by attorneys in the Consumer Law Section from the California Attorney General’s office is raising new concerns about the track record of OneWest Bank, and the ethics of its former CEO, Steve Mnuchin, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary by President Elect Donald Trump. David Dayen first reported on the memo earlier today in an article in the Intercept.

Valadao Introduces Legislation to Improve Western Water Reliability

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, the first day of the 115th Congress, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to modernize water policies throughout the entire Western United States, including in the State of California.

Snowpack’s Statewide Water Content Is below Average

Today’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada range found a snow water equivalence of 6 inches, which is 5.3 inches less than the average early-January snow water equivalence of 11.3 inches as measured at Phillips since 1964.

DWR Issues Update to State’s “Go-To” Groundwater Publication

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today issued an interim update to its Bulletin 118 series, California’s Groundwater, with key information to help local agencies meet requirements and deadlines under the historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) enacted in 2014

More Than 700 Homeless Veterans Enrolled So Far in ‘Housing Our Heroes’ Campaign

Standing in front of an apartment complex housing veterans in North Park, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, City Councilmember Chris Ward and San Diego Housing Commission President & CEO Richard C. Gentry today announced more than 700 homeless veterans have now been enrolled in

State Water Project Allocation Increased to 45 Percent

With reservoirs rising from December storms, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) today boosted its early-season estimate of next year’s State Water Project (SWP) supply from 20 to 45 percent of most requests.

Silicon Valley REALTORS® Create Scholarship Endowment for Student Veterans at Foothill-De Anza Colleges

At the presentation marking the creation of “The John Tripp-Silicon Valley REALTORS® Veterans Scholarship Endowment” for student veterans of De Anza and Foothill Colleges were (left to right) Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® Board Director Katherine Frey, SILVAR President Karen Trolan, President-elect Denise Welsh, De Anza College Development Director Dennis Cima, Dean of the Disability Resource Center & Veterans Programs at Foothill College Teresa Ong, Foothill-De Anza Colleges Foundation Executive Director Tess Chandler, and Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation President Eileen Giorgi

DWR Commissions Its New Research Vessel; the Sentinel Will Beat Forefront of Water Quality

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today commissioned a new research vessel as a state-of-the-art replacement for the San Carlos, which since America’s bicentennial year has been monitoring water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and upper San Francisco Estuary.

Costa Announces That California Water Legislation Has Been Enacted into Law

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act was signed by the President and enacted into law.  The WIIN Act includes language to assist in reducing the impacts of California’s drought crisis and to build additional long-term drought resiliency

2nd Annual West Coast Mayors Summit Addresses Infrastructure and Resiliency

Mayors gathered to discuss their shared commitment to upgrade and protect our cities’ aging infrastructure and improve resiliency for our communities against the threat of natural and human-made disasters. This is the second day of discussions at the 2nd annual West Coast Mayors Summit hosted in San Francisco

Financial Services Members Move the Needle Forward on Housing Finance Reform

Thursday, two bills were introduced by a bipartisan group of members on the House Financial Services Committee to lay the groundwork for housing finance reform next Congress -- H.R. 6500, the Moving Housing Forward Act, introduced by Congressmen John K. Delaney (D-MD), John Carney (D-DE), and Jim Himes (D-CT) and H.R. 6487, the Taxpayer Protections and Market Access for Mortgage Finance Actintroduced by Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI). Both proposals seek to address issues in housing finance through pilot programs at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Costa, Local Ag Leaders Urge Senate to Pass California Water Legislation

Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) and Valley water and agriculture leaders held a press conference to urge the United States Senate to support the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act with language to assist in reducing the impacts of California’s drought crisis and to build additional long-term drought resiliency

Rep. Peters Brings Resources to Enhance San Diego Water Security

U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) helped pass a bipartisan bill that will bring millions of dollars to the San Diego region to improve water security and drought mitigation. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, a comprehensive water bill that decides water infrastructure projects and policy for the next two years, authorizes projects in the San Diego region and allocates federal funds for water desalination, recycling, and storage projects to support drought-ridden southern California.

WRDA – A Critical Moment for Tahoe and the West

It provides for $335 million for desperately needed surface water storage. It opens a new era of hatcheries to provide for burgeoning populations of endangered fish species. It adds flexibility to management of New Melones Reservoir and water transfers to assure water can be more efficiently moved to where it is most needed. It adds strong protection to Northern California area of origin water rights. It expedites review and approval of new projects. It updates flood control management criteria to make better use of our existing reservoirs.

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A federal jury convicted real estate investor Glenn Guillory for his role in a conspiracy to rig bids at public foreclosure auctions held in Contra Costa County, California, the Department of Justice announced today

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Homebuyers Can Now Use Income from ADUs to Help Qualify for...

The California Housing Finance Agency has revised its guidelines so first-time homebuyers may apply rental income from an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) toward loan qualification. This update follows the guidelines of Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration and will take effect on May 1, 2017